From 5 October 2013 until 9 March 2014, six large sculptures by Adam Colton from the nineteen eighties and nineties will be on display along with several drawings at the Kröller-Müller Museum.
Adam Colton (Manchester 1957) made his debut in the nineteen eighties with drawings and sculptures for which he uses his own body as a starting object. He carefully measured it and converted its spatial proportions into a pattern of lines and points, from which meticulous drawings were created. The pattern was also used in the tooling of large blocks of plaster. By systematically carving sections away, the form emerges from the block and sculptures are created, which Colton calls Carvings. In the resulting works, the point of departure is no longer visible: only the verticality of the sculptures and drawings still refers to a human body.
A little later Colton applied the same method to a simple kitchen chair, thus creating Chair, in which the curved surface evokes the seat of the chair. Colton also focused intensely on the cavities and curves of a sheep’s skull, which he had long cherished in his studio. The transformations of the skull initially produced austere, usually horizontal sculptures of stacked limestone elements, which are reminiscent of architectural models. Later, the bone structures yielded more organic forms, carved out of polyurethane foam or cast in aluminium, for instance.
Adam Colton plays with the transformation processes. He goes from three-dimensional to flat and back again, he enlarges, reduces and disrupts, for just as long as it takes until his starting object begins to ‘swing’, as he puts it.
After studying art in London and Manchester, Adam Colton came to the Netherlands in the early eighties, where he continued his study at Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem. From the outset he was attached to the prestigious gallery Art & Project in Amsterdam.
Mid-August Adriaan van Ravesteijn, the former owner of the Art & Project art gallery, donated more than 200 artworks to the Kröller-Müller Museum. The exhibition consists of works of this collection, combined with works of the collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum.
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